The Korea Times: Samsung Electronics has fueling its moves to diversify its businesses from its hitherto high dependence on memory chips.
On Friday, Samsung said it has designed the industry’s first digital TV receiver chip based on 65-nanometer processing technology, enabling digital TVs targeting Europe, Southeast Asia and Australia to receive both vestigial sideband (VSB) broadcasts and quadrature amplitude modulation (QSM) cable signals.
Samsung said the new chip will be used for digital TVs, set-top boxes, TV receiver cards for personal computers, USB interfaced plug-and play dongles or boxes and even DVD recorders.
The chip, which fully supports Europe’s NorDig unified standard for digital broadcasting, reduces the channel scanning interval by half, to less than 0.1 second from the conventional 0.2 second, according to Samsung officials.
Moreover, power consumption for the chip is the industry’s lowest at 80-megawatt, about 30 percent of the existing 250-megawatt average power consumption of current solutions.